Hill Mansion wasn’t really a mansion; it was just a ramshackle hut on a small
hill. But for Robert Pereira, it was better than any place he had seen in his village
Golvada. His chaddi buddies Anand and Baloo lived there with their elder
brother Dattya – his hero and the village cricket team captain. Robert had
named their hut, ‘Hill Mansion’, moved by love for his buddies. It didn’t matter
to him that they were the sons of a domestic help.
Robert loved Hill Mansion more than his own modern house, because the poor
but strong residents of Hill Mansion had given him the courage to live and
fight, bestowing on him the pet name Samson. On the other hand, his siblings
and village bullies made fun of his clumsiness and weakness, and nicknamed
him Pondya – an indolent, feeble fellow.
Will Robert be able to fight the village bullies and erase the shameful ‘Pondya’
tag to his name? Will his love for his buddies stand the test of time and social
barriers as he grows up?
Chaddi Buddies is a tender story of friendship, love and brotherhood, loosely based on the author’s childhood, which
will kindle sweet memories as you read on.